While unions are an essential part of the Democratic base, they probably can't do much more for the party in the Electoral College. Eight of the top ten unionized states already voted for Kerry (NY, HI, MI, IL, NJ, WA, CA,RI, CT), mostly by large margins. One voted for Bush by a hairsbreadth margin (NV), the other is never going to vote for a Democratic presidential candidate anytime soon (AK). No state in the South has a workforce that is more than 10 percent unionized. Only two of the eight Rocky Mountain states do (NV, MT).